Meal Plan Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are meal plans?
    Meal plans are prepaid method for accessing dining venues on campus in the Memorial Union. These venues include the Hornets Nest dining hall, Buzzscotti coffee shop, the Hornet Express (HX), and Skyline Dining. 
  2. What meal plans are available?
    We have four meal plans to choose from; 10 meals, 15 meals, All Access, and a Commuter Plan for off-campus students. 
  3. How do the meal plans work?
    The 10 and 15 meal plans use a block system for meals. This block system allows for 10 or 15 entries per week into the Hornets Nest dining hall. The student is able to use these swipes to grant access for themselves, friends, or family. The blocks reset every Friday morning before breakfast. Each block can be exchanged for a set dollar amount at the dining retail locations; Buzzscotti and HX. The value is based on the meal period. 
    ~ Breakfast (Open-10:30am) $2.75
    ~ Lunch (10:31am-4:00pm) $4.00
    ~ Dinner (4:01pm to close) $4.50
    The exchange value must be used in one transaction or any excess value will be lost. Anything over the value of the exchange must be paid for by cash or credit/debit card. Only one swipe may be used per transaction for the exchange.
  4. What is All Access?
    The All Access plan allows you unlimited access to the Hornets Nest Dining hall during regular hours. The All Access plan also includes 20 Bonus Meals per semester. These bonus meals can be used to bring a guest into the Hornets Nest with you or used as an exchange in the dining retail venues. The only difference is that each bonus meal exchange is worth $5.00 no matter what meal period. The exchange value must be used in one transaction or any excess value will be lost. Anything over the value of the exchange must be paid for by cash or credit/debit card. Only one swipe may be used per transaction for the exchange.
  5. What is the Commuter Plan?
    This plan is for off campus students, faculty, or staff. It is $500 per semester and gives 75 meals to be used in the Hornets Nest over the entire semester. These block can be exchanged at the retail locations for a $5.00 value no matter the meal period.
  6. I live on Campus, do I have to have a meal plan?
    Yes. The plan options for on campus students are the 10 Block, 15 Block, and All Access.
  7. Are there any options other than purchasing a meal plan?
    Yes. You can load Hornet Bucks on your Hornet Card that can be used in any of the food venues or the Memorial Union Bookstore.
  8. Is there a difference between Hornet Bucks and Declining Balance?
    No. Hornet Bucks is the name we call the Declining Balance account.
  9. How does Hornet Bucks work?
    First, you visit the ID Office to activate the Hornet Bucks feature and deposit your initial balance. It is requested that you make a minimum deposit of $25 initially. Then, you go use the card at any of the food services locations or the bookstore as you would a debit or credit card. You also receive a 10% discount in the food venues and in the Bookstore (excluding textbooks.)
  10. How can I load Hornet bucks on my Hornet Card?
    You can come into the ID Office and load it with cash, check, or credit/debit card. You can also load it over the phone with a credit card by calling the ID Office at 620-341-5859. If you are a benefits eligible employee, you have the option of having an amount deducted by payroll and deposited on your Hornet Card each paycheck.